Leave small vendors alone

Leave small vendors alone

I strongly believe the only reason some people get involved in politics is to invoke power onto others... for good or bad. I am making this comment about an article The Valley Breeze had on its front cover Jan. 15, about (Pawtucket City) Councilor Timothy Rudd complaining about food stands being in constant violation. I bet if someone followed Councilor Rudd, they might find he doesn't "exactly" follow the speed limit, or might "creep" through a right turn at a stop sign on a quiet side street. Give me a break. The problem we are having in this state is that small businesses are being over-regulated and it's costing our economy big time! It is the small business owner who puts money back into our economy buying supplies, dry goods, food products, employing people and feeding their families. When is this government extremism going to stop? What the heck are these poor folks running these small food stands doing to hurt Pawtucket, the people of Pawtucket or their competitors?

It just so happened I picked up this issue the day I ate for the second time at Tacos Don Nacho. The place is clean, the gentleman serving was polite and neat, but most importantly, the food was great and traditional. Mr. Rudd, you would find yourself embraced if you found a way to re-write an ordinance to allow these type of stands to continue. Small restaurants in these tough days have too much overhead to be profitable. These type of stands make it possible for someone to offer a service and food that is affordable while still being able to maintain a profit margin to feed their families and add to the economy. Wake up, sir.

Ron Valiquette

Lincoln